Rome connoisseurs know that winter is the best time of all [...] In winter, the marble and travertine edges are sharper, the colours are more vivid and the low-flying sun turns Rome into a huge Baroque stage set.
Lee Marshall, The Telegraph 6 Nov 2010
Here are some impressions from February 2012 when Rome was covered in snow for the first time in 26 years. See also Vatican and Rome in summer.
Italy became a nation-state in 1861 when the city-states of the peninsula, along with Sardinia and Sicily, were united under King Victor EMMANUEL II. An era of parliamentary government came to a close in the early 1920s when Benito MUSSOLINI establis...more info